In this exclusive Guitar World lesson, watch Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid talk about the band's The Chair in the Doorway album and teach you how to play their classic 1988 hit "Cult of Personality."
The group (vocalist Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun) is in the studio putting the finishing touches on Shade with producer Ron Saint Germain (U2, Sonic Youth, Bad Brains). Germain also was the engineer on the band's massively successful 1988 debut album, Vivid.
Five years have passed since funk-metal icons Living Colour released a studio album. Apparently, the band has decided that’s long enough. The New York rockers are currently hard at work at a New Jersey studio, where they’re writing and recording a whole slew of new tunes.
Vivid is an excellent representation of Vernon Reid's distinct, versatile style. He unleashes "power rhythm" and a blues·drenched solo on "Middle Man," the band's first single, while the "Funny Vibe" showcases his clean rhythm playing and screaming urban lead style. His alternately subtle and savage whammy bar technique is an LP highlight.
Late last year, the band, made up of guitarist Jake Hertzog and bassist Mitch Kaneff, locked themselves in Kaneff's apartment for "nearly four straight months" writing an eclectic batch of tunes they intended to record with a selected of guest vocalists as diverse as the songs themselves.
This past Tuesday night, an all star cast of musicians including Elvis Costello, Todd Rundgren, and the Roots gathered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for "Robert Johnson at 100," a special concert dedicated to the late blues guitar innovator, Robert Johnson, who would have turned 100 last year.
Another supergroup is on the horizon as members of Cream, Living Colour, Carlos Santana's live band and Medeski, Martin and Wood have joined forces in Spectrum Road. The group features Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on keys/piano and Cindy Blackman-Santana on drums.